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When an Economy Becomes Creative

When an Economy Becomes Creative

The World Forum for Peace, organised by the Journalists Association of Korea in April 2016, was a great entry point to South Korea. In a roller-coaster schedule across the country, we visited several provinces and were hosted by governors and mayors in each province, some being potential Presidential candidates. The journey was a phenomenal peep […]

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

This was the sensitive spot where North and South Korean soldiers can be seen standing eye-ball to eye-ball, separated only by an imaginary line representing the 38th parallel that demarcates the two sides at the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). Instead of a potentially tense tour, we were ushered to the touristic DMZ Observation […]

War, Peace and Cartoons on the Korean Peninsula

War, Peace and Cartoons on the Korean Peninsula

One of the weapons of Cold War is, humiliating the enemy with and through different forms of expression and media. Satire in caricatures is the most effective one in this respect. A cartoonist could spoil any image by repeating the comic insults continuously in various frames. Nowadays, one of the world famous “victims” of political […]

Pyongyang’s acts increase tensions in the region

Pyongyang’s acts increase tensions in the region

The international community was disturbed and taken aback by North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test in early January this year. The test was not only threatening the security and the peace of the Korean Peninsula but also the region and world at large. Malaysia is very concerned about this international issue even though it is not […]

Peace of Korean peninsula: The current state and challenges

Peace of Korean peninsula:  The current state  and challenges

A divided Korean peninsula is one of the last remaining geopolitical problems of the twentieth century, with two countries technically still at war. The countries, of course, are the two Koreas – one dynamic and modern, the other closed, impoverished, and belligerent. The peninsula they share represents one of the most vexing challenges facing the […]

Remembering history for a better future

Remembering history for a better future

The development of transportation systems has accomplished so much more today than in the past half century. The Internet has developed to such fast speeds, giving us a highway of information about other cultures and different peoples. Counterevidence to this development, however, is the proliferation of IS and terrorism, which has affected everyone worldwide. Why […]

Sharing history and traditions through street food

Sharing history and traditions through street food

Modern day street food has evolved into cheap, convenient and nutritious food. It also fits the taste of consumers who pursue a variety of flavors. Each street food has its own story, history and tradition. Serrdura, made of vanilla cream and crushed biscuits, is a famous dessert in Macao. Interestingly, Serrdura is a dessert of […]

Art for Art’s sake

Art for Art’s sake

In May issue of Magazine N, I covered the matter whether sculptures, architectures or ancient, murals that the ancients remain can be considered as ‘arts’ or not. The next question is, can the artworks after BC be defined as ‘arts’? In her book Believing is seeing, Mary Staniszewski, Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic University in the […]

Ghosts haunt public sector education system in Pakistan

Ghosts haunt public sector education system in Pakistan

Pakistan is more familiar to the word ‘ghost’ than the other countries of the world. It’s not because we really have ghosts here, but since the word is more often used to identify non-existent or non-functional schools, and also the teachers absent from the duties, drawing salaries sitting at home, the word is widely known […]

BeGLOBAL Seoul 2015: Entrepreneurs, business and young leaders

BeGLOBAL Seoul 2015: Entrepreneurs, business and young leaders

Last Friday, I attended ‘BeGlobal Seoul 2015’, which was marketed as ‘Asia’s Biggest Startup-Tech Conference’ at one of Seoul’s most beautiful places, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). By the amount of hype created on social media, and the correct marketing of the event, I was already impressed. On the top of that, when it is held […]

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